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Hindsight Devalues Science

It seems to me that the paraphrasing in parentheses is also preying on the Conjunction Bias, by adding additional detail.

Open Thread, Sept 5. - Sept 11. 2016

[Forgetting Important Lessons Learned]

Does this happen to you?

I'm not necessarily talking about mistakes you've made which have caused significant emotional pain, and you've learnt an important lesson from. I think these tend to be easier to remember. I'm more referring to personal processes you've optimized or things you've spent time thinking about and decided the best way to approach that type of problem. ...and then a similar situation or problem appears months or years later and you either (a) fail to recognize it's a similar situation, (b) completel... (read more)

0WhySpace_duplicate0.92616921290755275yI'm not sure how much this would help you in particular, but spaced repetition [], when done right, should jog your memory and make you work to recall something just before you would have forgotten it. In order to learn and remember to apply useful concepts, I have an Anki deck containing the following: * [] * [] * The LW Wiki [] * Miscellaneous, domain-specific tools and knowledge
1Strangeattractor5ySomething that might help is writing things down. For example, if you had a notebook where you wrote down things that you had figured out, every time you came to a conclusion, and any details that might help you remember why you came to that conclusion. Then, whenever you encounter a problem you can read over the notes in the notebook from a variety of topics, and see if any of them match. Also, if you keep it updated frequently then when you go to write something down that would be another opportunity to review the notebook and see if anything matches something else that's bothering you. Or if physically writing things in a notebook isn't something you want to do, sending yourself an email could work in a similar way. In general, I've found that writing things down helps with remembering things.
Identification of Force Multipliers for Success

Money is just 1 small part of the equation. People are motivated by other things such as freedom (ability to work remotely, set their own hours, set their own holidays), the ability to learn, respect (treating them like a partner/integral part of the business) etc. I haven't read it, but I've heard that Drive by Dan Pink[1] does a really good job at explaining this.

An example of this would be my Hire an Aspiring Entrepreneur strategy, which you can read about here:

The $4/hour part refers to hiring overseas... (read more)

Identification of Force Multipliers for Success

I used metaphors to encode it into a form that would make it easier for me to remember, so it wouldn't be of much use to you. The book is a really quick and simple read, and I highly recommend you go through the process yourself.

Identification of Force Multipliers for Success

Good point. Here are mine:

  1. The systems mindset. Almost everything we do is a repetitive task, and for every repetitive task we have a process. It's tempting to think that a lot of what we do is complex problem solving that is not repetitive, but that's not true. We still follow a process to solve seemingly complex problems, even if we don't initially realise it or it initially seems complex. That means most of what we can do can be described and documented. If it can be documented, then it can (a) be systematically optimized and improved, (b) act as a gui

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8John_Maxwell7yCan you give specific examples of things that you systematized/outsourced?
8Gunnar_Zarncke7yCan I have that cheatsheet please?
6NancyLebovitz7yCould you expand on this?

Productive downtime. Another one I'm still working on, but is based around the idea of pursuing tasks that are enjoyable but are still beneficial, as opposed to time wasters like watching tv, playing computer games etc.

Another approach is to try to increase the quality of your downtime rather than increase its productivity. For example, do deep breathing meditation. Laughter has been shown to restore willpower depletion, and I've found watching cartoons like The Simpsons to be much more rejuvenating than watching stressful live-action TV shows.

Bragging Thread, June 2014

I've systematized enough of my business, and trained people to run those systems, that I can now dedicate the first half of my day to learning about cognitive science, psychology, rationality and other related topics. Just started studying this week!